Working holiday in the middle of Keswick in the English Lake District
IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY - this position is now filled
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We welcome applicants looking for a long term placement - over 12 weeks
Please DO NOT apply if you only intend to stay a few weeks.
POSITION AVAILABILITY Housekeeper
Mid January for 3 months or more
POSITION - General Maintenance/Estate work.
Mid January for 3 months or more
We are specially looking for someone with professional painting and decorating skills
Minimum age = 21
We really welcome WorkAwayers who prefer to stay up to 3-9 months
You would be free to return home for Christmas & New Year.
We are a small family business (holiday cottages and Bed & Breakfast).
We have woodland, garden, river and vegetable garden as well as a dog, cat, chickens, ducks, rabbits, guinea-pigs & geese. Jeronime is a qualified and experienced EFL teacher.
We are a large family with 7 children (4 at home) so our house is ALWAYS a very busy.
We love walking the Fells, sailing, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, camping, fishing & BBQs on the Lakeside....and the rain!
Basically, if you can do it outdoors... you can do it in Keswick, the Adventure Capital of the UK.
Type of helpGardening,
Cooking / shopping,
Help in the house,
Helping with Tourists,
SHORT TERM POSITION AVAILABLE
Housekeeper - 1st -20th December
WE HAVE TWO LONG TERM WORKAWAY POSITIONS AVAILABLE
Which one will you apply for?
POSITION 1 - HOUSEKEEPER
From early January
To be in sole charge of cleaning the family house, help with the B&B & work in a team cleaning the self-catering cottages. Occasional babysitting.
POSITION 2 - GENERAL MAINTENANCE
From early January
must have qualifications / experience in some of the following:
plumbing / electrical work / carpentry / painting and decorating / woodland work / gardening / farming
You will be working outside and Cumbria can be wet and cold! Come prepared.
We would also like you to help clean guest accommodation on Saturdays.
We require Workawayers with experience, who are organised, conscientious, use time effectively, and who can work independently.
We do offer 'pocket money' to most long-stay (3 months or more) WorkAways after a trial period of two weeks. This ranges from £10 - £50 per week and is intended to help go to the cinema, the pub, use the swimming pool, the bus etc etc.
From the 1st December - This will now be paid half each week and half when you complete your agreed stay.
You MUST be prepared to be independent during your free-time. We have a busy guest house and family so although do try and include WorkAways in our family activities, we do prefer to accept WorkAways who do not rely on us for entertainment.
A lovely, newly renovated, self-contained cottage just behind Greta Hall:
One double bedroom
One double sofa bed-separated from the living area by a curtain.
Kitchen & Bathroom
The cottage has two wood burning stoves and a electric water heater.
You are expected to keep your accommodation exceptionally clean and tidy as this is one of our guest cottages.
We will supply the following:
Dried pulses, porridge, cereals, tinned tomatoes & beans.
Cooking oils, herbs and spices. Jams.
Flour & yeast - I will teach you how to make bread.
Weekly supply of fresh fruit, vegetables, milk & butter.
We are vegetarian although do occasionally eat fish.
Sorry, no overnight guests
What else ...
Keswick has a large international community who are very welcoming.
There are loads of groups & societies in Keswick (walking, knitting, climbing, singing, theatre....) some of which are free/very cheap to join. Most of our WorkAways have taken full advantage of these opportunities and have made good friends here.
We have boats and bikes for you to borrow.
We encourage you to only speak English whilst here. You will find that your English improves much quicker if you do.
We are happy to help long term WorkAwayers find paid evening work in Keswick.
Your WorkAway experience will be as good as the effort you put into it!!
A little more information
Volunteering hours expected
25hrs per week
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Feedback left by and about host
Not only was he an absolute pleasure to have around, he is a natural engineer, quickly and professionally dealing with every task we asked of him...from the more menial leaf sweeping to be more demanding indoor decorating and upcycling with electrics thrown in.
Her wonderful manner, quiet efficiency and independence was exactly what we needed at a very busy time of year.
Katarina has a lovely personality and slotted into our family extremely well, ably building a relationship with
Whilst with us,she was immensely conscientious and kept the house under control when I was away for a week and a half.
Pepa listened very carefully to instructions and never failed to impress me with her thorough approach to
What Roberta lacked in English skills, she made up with energy & enthusiasm.
She fast became a member of our family and was a delight to have around. Even our 16 year old with Aspergers loved her and thats a huge achievement!
Roberta listened & read instructions
ive you the advice to stay there as more as you can because it's a great experience.Jeromine is an excellent mother and teacher. Scoot is a great dancer and musician:D
All the family is very friendly and they will try to make your stay with them as
Intelligent, focused with a very good command of English.
She quickly and conscientiously got down to work, completing all her daily tasks with a high level of professionalism. She also dealt with our son with Aspergers Syndrome very well, not getting upset with his sometimes seemingly rude behaviour - thanks for
Although highly qualified, Ana applied the same level of professionalism to Housekeeping as I imagine she does to preparing and teaching her lessons.
Ana was brilliant in all aspects of her job, whether family
Although she came with limited English, Summer worked hard to understand everything that was required of her.
Summer ably took on all the tasks asked of her and became a valued member of staff here. In addition she really made the most of her time here, walking the Fells and sightseeing
Jeronime and Scott were very friendly and helpful to improve my English. The food was very delicious. Jeronime's cleaning system is very good, easy and fast. I really enjoyed staying
Professional, conscientious and great to have around.
He is a qualified engineer and ably turned his hand to everything we asked him to do, applying the same level of professionalism to all tasks whether he enjoyed them or not.
From chainsawing, painting guest bedrooms, cleaning guest
I had been staying there for over 4 months in these wonderful panoramas of the Lake District. Keswick is a quiet big village where the beer is delicious and very close to the Derwentwater Lake which I was found of. I spent most of my days off to hike around Keswick with
The time together with Jeronime, Scott, the whole family and all the friends of the family was so positive intensive. It was my first Workaway experience and never I could get a better family to start such a project. It was quite interesting to live and work at the
We made lots of activity together as the conoë, walking, camping,
All the family, from the oldest to the youngest, is very kind and it is easy to feel at home!
We learned a lot of things, from how to feed rabbits and hens, to how to clean properly such a big house and something about how to run a B&B too! Jeronime is
Seth spent his entire stay creating two sets of steps leading down through a woodland to our river. We have named them 'Seth's Steps'! Hannah would have
Thank you Mayte and good
She is diligent, insightful and hugely conscientious! In addition, our children really loved having her to stay. Thank you Marina, please come back someday!
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